May 17, 2015
(The Ascension of the Lord)
The TWO witnesses . . .
At the Ascension of Jesus: . . . as they (the disciples) were looking on, he (Jesus) was lifted up, and a cloud took him from their sight. While they were looking intently at the sky as he was going, suddenly two men dressed in white garments stood beside them. They said, “Men of Galilee, why are you standing there looking at the sky? This Jesus who has been taken up from you into heaven will return in the same way as you have seen him going into heaven.” Acts 1:1-11
At the Resurrection of Jesus: . . . at daybreak on the first day of the week they (the women) took the spices they had prepared and went to the tomb. They found the stone rolled away from the tomb; but when they entered, they did not find the body of the Lord Jesus. While they were puzzling over this, behold, two men in dazzling garments appeared to them. They were terrified and bowed their faces to the ground. They said to them, “Why do you seek the living one among the dead? He is not here, but he has been raised. Luke 24:1-6
At the Transfiguration of Jesus: Jesus took Peter, John, and James and went up the mountain to pray. While he was praying his face changed in appearance and his clothing became dazzling white. And behold, two men were conversing with him, Moses and Elijah, who appeared in glory and spoke of his exodus that he was going to accomplish in Jerusalem. Lk 9:28-31
In John’s Revelation: The Lord said, I will commission my two witnesses to prophesy for those twelve hundred and sixty days, wearing sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. Rev 11:1-14
Jesus said, “if two of you agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.” Mt 18:19-20
Jesus is always revealed by “the two.”
So when He said, “whatever you ask the Father in my name he will give you” Jn 16:23b-28 as we’ve heard in most of the readings this week, we’ll need at least two of us to do, to agree on, the asking! Think about that, beloved. How many times have we pleaded with God to take away that pain, the pain of life, the pain of loneliness, the pain of suffering, and nothing happened? Maybe it was because we didn’t have anyone else supporting that prayer. The two witnesses seems to be quite necessary, quite required, both in God’s speaking to us and in return.
For where two or more are gathered in my name . . .
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